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Re: Bill Gates wants to put you in jail
>Penance for Pirates
>by Declan McCullagh (email@example.com)
I brought the "No Electronic Theft" bill up on AM-Info the day after
it passed congress. Money can certainly buy laws. Just like dope
possession or tax evasion, if the govt wants you, it can scan your
hard disk or your video library.
read it at: http://www.tndagc.com/juryinst/39_02.htm
The operative phrase is extending "financially benefit" from those
selling illegally copied IP to individuals illegally "receiving" IP.
(obviously you financially benefit by saving the license fees you would
With this law, and the "no receipt of cellular calls" crisis following
Gingrich's embarrassment in florida, a law in tennesee for instance
(http://www.tndagc.com/juryinst/39_02.htm), it may be time for ACLU to
reassert OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO RECEIVE, AND KEEP PERSONAL USE
COPIES, OF ALL BROADCAST INFORMATION. You can't resell it, but you can
keep and use it. You can tape off the TV. You can tape off the
radio. You can receive police radar speed signals.
You can be arrested for illegally hooking into cable tv, running a
second feed, or using third party decryption for premium channels.
My view is You should be able to receive and decrypt (if you can:) satellite TV
signals, you can keep personal copies of the information downloaded
I guess if someone broadcasts stolen information on an unlicensed
channel, like lamacchia, you might not be entitled to keep it, tho.
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